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Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
opportunity that our voice is heard. their 150 members of congress. that is more than one-third of the body. traditionally, folks have come to washington and waited there time and tried to do something 10 years later. we've got a group of people in the class is combined to want to make sure their voices is a part of the process. >> the current freshman class has given speaker boehner -- how do you see your freshman class in along with the speaker -- getting along with the sp eaker? >> i do not know him well. i believe that our freshman class is a diverse group of folks. we of the more than a dozen business owners. -- have got more than a dozen business owners. we have dozens of folks who have been involved in local and state governments. they're coming to washington to get things done. speaker boehner has a very hard job. when president obama makes a decision for the executive branch of government, it is the agenda for that branch of government. speaker boehner cannot really do anything more than the votes he can obtain for any part of that agenda. i have heard very little of any kind
Jan 3, 2013 10:00am EST
hours the house will gavel in, the new 113th congress, and the senate will do so as well. our coverage on c-span and crmbing span 2, thanks for watching. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> as you've been hearing about all morning, today is the opening day of the new 113th congress and here on the c-span networks we'll have live coverage of both the house and senate floors. the house of representatives gaveling in at 12:00 to -- at 11:00 to conclude the 112th congress and at noob eastern, the 113th congress begins. here on c-span watch the action on the house floor. the senate also gavels in for the day at noon eastern on c-span2. we'll have live coverage as senators take the oath and get sworn. in they'll also set out the rules governing the chamber over the next two years. one potential rule change that may be considered are changes to filibuster rules which allow members to block legislation. on your screen, some of the newly elected and current members of congress leaving a bipartisan prayer service thi
Jan 3, 2013 5:00pm EST
united states that a quorum of each house has been assembled and that congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the gentleman from virginia, mr. cantor, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington rise? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, by direction on the republican conference, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 6, resolved that following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committees of the house of representatives. committee on agriculture, mr. lucas, chairman. committee on appropriations, mr. rogers of kentucky, chairman. committee on armed services -- mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is dispensed with. without objection, the resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is la
Jan 3, 2013 7:00am EST
congress will feature the most women ever to serve in the house. the incoming senate freshman class is made up of three republicans, a democrat, and one independent. 45 republican senators overall. 53 democrats, two independents. if we are coming to you live from capitol hill in the rotunda. we'll get your thoughts of the 113 congress. we will be joined later this morning by several newly elected members of congress. first, bob kusack, managing editor of the hill magazine to join us for your thoughts and comments. you can join the conversation at -- bob, let's begin with opening day at noon. guest: there was controversy couple years ago, a couple members in the house did not realize when they would do the swearing in. they were by a television screen and thought they could get sworn in that way. that will not happen again. they will get sworn in. a first vote they will have is for the house speaker. house republicans have chosen john boehner and the the democrats have chosen nancy pelosi. that's the first order of business. >> there is some drama expected. >> yes. and there had been sp
Jan 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
for the 113th congress. >> an absolute disaster. >> and i hope and pray that's what we will have. >> this is why the republican party is so irrelevant right now. >> i think nobody in america is going to miss the previous congress. >> has he done a good job? >> absolute, absolute failure in leadership on the republican party's side. >> the direction of the republican party that is crum e crumbli crumbling. >> has he done a good job? >> the seeds are being planted right now for the destruction of the house republican majority. >> a huge office, and you get a balcony. >> fundamentally don't understand the electorate. >> you got that callender with a different word of the day for 2013. >> i did. >> this is a party without any viable leadership. >> okay. ♪ >>> it is the dawn of 2013. we have a brand new 113th congress, and thankfully the day began with a congressional prayer service at st. peter's in d.c. because, as oscar wildi once sa once said, one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it. wise words for the newly elected house speaker john boehner. despite weeks of
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
but it's not done. there are still issues left to resolve. but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. but it's not done. and so, part of the reason that i wanted to speak all of you here today is to make sure that we emphasize to congress and that members of both parties understand that all across america this is a pressing concern. >> well, this is what's going on the last 24 hours. vice president joe biden taken the lead in the talks. negotiating with senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. they spoke and narrowed down the differences. among the points with headway, the tax hike threshold, the estate tax and extending unemployment benefits. the remaining sticking point is rumored to be the automatic spending cuts. collectively called the sequester you have been hearing about poised to kick in tomorrow. let's get to nbc white house correspondent kristen welker there for us. what was the point here? the president decided to come out and that bully pulpit can be a powerful weapon. >> reporter: certainly can be. good afternoon to you, t.j. the president using the bully pulpit.
Jan 3, 2013 9:00am PST
the u.s. house and senate. the 113th congress is convening for the first time. the gavels came down moments ago, all re-elected and newly elected officers take the oath of office. there were 97 freshman, 84 in the house, 13 in the senate. while republicans still control the house, democrats gained seats in both chambered, two more in the senate, eight more in the house. a bit of added drama as well on the house side. speaker john boehner hoping to hold john to his leadership position. he has lost some support from some republicans that were outraged he delayed a vote on hurricane sandy relief. boehner and nancy pelosi are officially nominated in about 40 minutes or so. then the voting begins. we want to bring in our team keeping a close eye on history being made. of course, wolf blitzer and gloria borger are in washington and dana bash live on capitol hill. wolf, we'll start off with you. you've probably lost count on the number of times you have covered this event and watched this take place. we'll talk about boehner in a minute, but talk a little bit about the diversity we see in
Jan 3, 2013 11:00am PST
. [ cheers and applause ] to speaker boehner, may god bless this congress. may god always bless the united states of america. my colleagues, the speaker of the house, john boehner. [ applause ] >> leader pole helosi, thank yo your kind words. members of the house, senate, my wife, debbie you who is with us today, thankfully, the girls are working. and all of you and our fellow countrymen. you know, we met mete again at democracy's great port of call. every two years, at this hour, the constitution brings a new order to this house. and it's an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths. and to our new members and our families, let me just say welcome. [ applause ] i know you're feeling a bit awe-struck at this moment. history runs through this building. and now you're among a select few to share in this privilege. and for those of you who are returning, who avenue walked the -- who have walk walked these aisles before, maybe it's time we get a little awe-struck again. [ applause ] the way our founders envisioned it the republic will be led by citizens who recognize that the blessings
Dec 29, 2012 1:00am PST
term it's more problematic than that. what you see is you have one side of congress that is completely dysfunctional. one side of congress, the house of representatives, is not functional. we're in the midst of a civil war on the republican side. when the speaker of the house puts out his bill and just moments later has to pull his bill back because his caucasus in full revolt, that says something. we're in the midst of a civil war that's going on and i think the american public will be much to the collateral damage to what's going on on the republican side. i think we're looking on this problem down the road until the republican speaker gets his act together, if he remains speaker, if he has an up-or-down vote without the majority of the majority. >> even if they manage to avoid the worst, the way this process has played out before us probably won't fill americans for a whole lot of hope for the next two years, will it? >> no, though in a sense you could argue if they did actually pass something in the next 48 hours, which seems a little more likely than it did a day ago, t
Jan 3, 2013 4:00am EST
>>> a new congress is sworn in today, but the same old problems remain, including spending cuts, the debt limit, and gridlock. >>> and they'll face outrage after lawmakers failed this week to pass relief packages for victims of superstorm sandy. >> the house of representatives fail thad most basic test of public service and they did so with callus indifference with the suffering of the people of my state. >>> it's back to school for the students of sandy hook elementary. the students returned to class for the first time since last month's tragic shooting. >>> and anger in aurora. families of the colorado shooting victims lash out at what they call a disgusting offer from the theater owner. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, january 3rd, 2013. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. overnight president obama signed into law a just-passed bill that raises taxes on the wealthiest americans, avoiding the fiscal cliff that economists said would throw this country back into recession. the president signed the bill in hawa
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am EST
reform in the next congress. -- will pursue tax reform in the next congress. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and get us one step closer to tax reform. i reserve my time. >> the gentleman's time is referred -- reserved. >> this is a bipartisan bill, and i will try to keep it within that spirit to the extent possible. as we are here today on january 1, hours away from people, americans returning to work, market reopening around the world, and all eyes focusing on whether this institution can govern. this legislation allows us to get done what we need to get done. this bill is vital for our nation's economic well-being. i want to emphasize for its standing as the world's most important economy. it is vital for 140 million middle class families whose tax cuts are made permanent. it is vital for 2 million unemployed american workers who need a continuation of insurance while they continue to look for work. it is vital for 30 million middle income americans who otherwise would have been hit by the alternative minimum tax. it is vital for 25 million working families and students w
Jan 2, 2013 8:00am PST
. president obama is already positioning. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they have already racked up through the laws they passed. we can't not pay bills we have already incurred. if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be cat stenographic, far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff. >>> let's bring in brianna keilar. a lot of people are talking about winners and losers, but c'mon, i feel like we're all losers in this, considering we didn't get a deal, we just got a patch. >> reporter: that is true. i don't think it's ever really healthy for americans when you're kind of going through this process every year, whether it's the a.m.t. fix or tax cuts, so i think the fact that those tax cuts were permanently extended actually is a good thing, because it is difficult when they aren't, but yeah, i think that you look at especially now the environment of things as this is a congress that the president wants to under
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
mostly for your lifetime of service, congress recognizes you today with our nation's highest civilian honor. congratulations, palmer,. -- arnold palmer. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. [applause] >> as an 18 or 19-year-old young man, i came to the realization i was not going to be the athlete of my dreams. i was not big enough, fast enough, or good enough. but i still have those dreams. i get up every morning, with all the things the we do here, unemployment, energy problems -- when i get up in the morning, i get "the new york times," and the first place i go is the sports page. for a few minutes every morning, i dream of the athlete that i wanted to be. [laughter] and as i have dreamed over the decades, i thought, wouldn't it be great to be able to meet a babe ruth or lou gehrig? or maybe a rocky marciano? joe frazier? but today, i have been able to meet two of the people i have dreamed about going down to that 18th hole. with a good put, i can win this thing. this is a personal privilege for me t
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST
balanced and responsible way. with this congress, that was obviously a little bit too much to hope for at this time. it may be we can do it in stages. >> there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart but negotiations are continuing as i speak. but we really are running out of time. >> the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before and i believe we can again. >> no holiday for the best political team around. a triple threat, luke russert and mike viqueira on the capitol hill and kristen welker from the white house. are you happy to be working on the holiday? >> it's fantastic. >> absolutely. >> sounded believable. viq, let's start with you. we have news trickling out today. working, trying to make a deal. what's going on? >> it's washington, d.c. nothing is as it appears. we6 classic kabuki theater going on here, toree. the president, jovial, said they were close to a deal. that joe biden, the negotiations with mitch mcconnell essentially borne fruit. republicans annoyed with that. the tax threshold, that's agreed upon. republicans agree, too. what
Jan 2, 2013 1:00am EST
prosperity. if we're going to accomplish this, we must work together. republicans and democrats, congress and the white house. the federal government and the states. the public sector and the private sector. mr. speaker, some might say that saying those things is a cliche. but as we all know, members are going to have to engage with and rigorous debate, and there it is going to be the clash of ideas, a rigorous debate, but it needs to be done with good faith and the spirit of compromise. i realize and some argue that compromise is a sign of weakness. in fact, one of the great strengths, mr. speaker, of our nation's founders, was their ability to compromise. the very structure of this institution, the united states congress, the very structure of our institution, which joined the people's house, where we are all privileged to serve, with the united states senate, was known as what? the connecticut compromise, or the great compromise. that is the very basis of our founders. too often we forget that while we should never, we should never compromise our principles, we must always, mr. speaker
Jan 2, 2013 7:00am PST
was posturing till the very end but congress did manage to approve legislation to avert this fiscal cliff, even though for most of the night it looked like it might not happen. >> the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> that was the president late last night. then he got on oo plane, headed back to hawaii where his family is on vacation. threw see air force i. it touched down just moments ago. >> the ayes have it. >> it was after 11 p.m. when the house finally voted, putting an end to 24 hours of wrangling. republicans threatened to send it back with an amendment, including spend being cuts. but in the end the politics of that didn't make sense. so the bill passed, 257 for, 85 republicans, 172 democrats. speaker john boehner was one of those yes votes and he released this statement: now the focus turns to spending. the american people reelected a republican majority in the house and we will use i
Jan 3, 2013 1:00pm EST
elected speaker of the house of representatives for the 113th congress. the clerk appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman, mr. cantor, the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi, the gentleman mr. mccarthy, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the gentlewoman mrs. mcmorris rodgers. the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from california, mr. becerra, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lankford, the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, the gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from new york, mr. israel, the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. the lauro. the gentlewoman from missouri, ms. wagner. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. andrews. the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen. the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam. the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. lujan gri h is am. and ms. kaptur, mr. tiberi, mr. latta, mr. jordan, ms. fudge, mr. chabot, mr. gibbs, mr. johnson, mr. renarci, ms. beatty, mr. joist, and mr. wenstrum.
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
from kicking in. >> we don't yet see an agreement, and now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i've said is that in the senate we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are, and there should be an up or down vote. everybody should have a right to vote on that. if republicans don't like it, they can vote no. >> brianna keilar, she's at the white house. brianna, they're saying they're going to come back to work in a couple of hours. a lot of people have been up a lot longer than that, up earlier, trying to figure out what's going on here. i understand you do have some news. potentially there's a new offer on the table. >> reporter: that's right. according to democratic sources, suzanne, they have gone up to $450,000 as the threshold for those income tax rates for where those bush-era tax cuts would expire. so beyond $450,000 for a family. this is somewhat significant because initially the president's starting point, once everything fell apart in his negotiations with speaker boehner, was to go back to $25
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am EST
about the issues we care a great deal about. the real stability that people expect is how this congress treats them and treat their needs and never is that tested more clearly than in a time of a natural disaster. that is when people feel the most helpless . by and large, it is a long road back but those first few steps like emergency relief that was provided by law -- by the localities must be compensated for. the next stage of recovery is so essential to the character of a community. after the storms last year, it affected the characters of the communities and his district and that was 2011 and here we are at the end of 2012 having some of the same hits by nature with the severity, the power of water and in some places fire earth, wind, fire and how it affects people. nature pulled the rug out from people, literally and figuratively, in their communities and homes, in their schools, and in their workplaces. are we to say to them now congress is going to pull the rug out from under you in terms of your hopes and expectations? tell me that. we cannot tell our constituents that would not
Dec 29, 2012 12:00am PST
united states just told congress they have to get to work. so as ed would say, let's get to work. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> we're in the home stretch for the fiscal cliff, but is there still hope? sheldon whitehouse and jan schakowsky will have the latest ton high-stakes meeting at the white house. and the sad shame of this year's do-nothing congress. the gun violence continues in chicago. tonight, the reverend jesse jackson on the city's grim milestone of 500 homicides in one year. and it's nearly 2013, but attitudes on race remain two centuries behind. >> the way i look at it, it's freedom of speech. >> the reverend marcia dyson, and the president of the national urban league on the bigotry of the supposed post-racial america. >>> with three days left before the start of the new year, it's put up or shut up time for congressional leaders. president obama addressed reporters from the white house this evening. roughly an hour after meeting with leaders of the house and senate.
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Jan 3, 2013 8:00am PST
." jenna: new year, new congress. wish we could say we have some new headlines for you but apparently the same old trouble is brewing in the same old town down in washington. jon: deja vu all over again. jenna: apparently. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the 113th congress convenes today on capitol hill amid issues brst few weeks and months. take a look. we have at footage of the 112th congress, which is in its last hours right now. the new congress to be sworn in just a couple of hours. speaker john boehner, seen there, may be in for a fight as the house votes for its next leader today. frustration among the gop is fueling concerns that the republican speaker could actually lose his post. meanwhile outrage is growing over superstorm sandy funding. the house pledging to vote on the aid bill as leaders on both sides of the aisle expressed concerns over the delay. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel live on capitol hill for us now. so, mike, give us the assessment. is speaker boehner in trouble? >> reporter: jon, we're told 25 or 30 conservative members who
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
year. signs congress was taking major steps toward a fiscal cliff agreement. the dow closed near session highs, climbing 166 points the dow gained 7.3% for the year. now that sent the fear index or the vix into a tailspin. it nosedived 20% as fiscal cliff optimism swept over investors. it had been up almost 30% since july. today's dive is the vix's steepest fall since august 2011. and the fiscal cliff tug-of-war september gold prices p by about 20 bucks an ounce, settling at $1675 for the year. gold prices rose 7% but, that is their smallest yearly gain in four years. >>> we can't avoid it, the top story. fiscal cliff armageddon. no escaping it. the no escaping it. the country waits for action which could come tonight with a vote in the senate, but nothing, nothing has been scheduled and the house won't be able to act until later this week. joining me now is democratic congressman jason altmire from pennsylvania. sir, we appreciate you being here. i appreciate you will be leaving congress. you will not be able to vote on whatever is finally presented but i'm curious, does the sen
Jan 3, 2013 4:00am PST
considered by the 112th congress. the new congress is sworn in today, facing some of the same tax, spending, and debt issues that stymied their predecessor. tara mergener joins us. tara, good morning to you. >>> good morning, terrell. terrell, dozens of freshmen join the ranks today, but they face plenty of old business and the reality of a bitterly divided government. there will be fresh faces and new challenges when the 113th congress is sworn in today on capitol hill. >> it's a privilege and you realize that the hard part is still what lies ahead. >> the new term wil begin almost immediately with several issues left over from the last session, including a bill to provide financial relief for victims of superstorm sandy, deep spending cuts known as sequestration tabled during the fiscal cliffs talks this week, including a bill to increase the nation's debt limit, but it won't take much for them to surpass the previous group in terms of legislative success. >> they tell me this is the least productive congress in the history of the nation. if it's not, i would hate to be in the one that wa
Jan 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
nothing in congress where they have duly re-elected him as speaker for another term. which just goes to show, there really is one rule for ordinary american workers and another for that special class of political waste and mediocrity. thanks so much for watching. "hardball" is next. >>> deficit masquerade. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconish in new york for chris matthews. leading off tonight, bait and switch. if you watch the follies of the fiscal cliff negotiation, you surely heard one thing, republicans want to cut the deficit. well, here is a headline for you. no, they don't. according to our first two guests tonight, republicans are hiding behind deficit cutting to mask their true goals, protecting the rich from tacks and shrinking the size of government. keep that in mind when the next self-imposed crisis comes calling in a couple months. also, the best news of the day, the 112th congress is history, and it made history in many ways. the least productive, most unpopular congress since people have been tracking this sort of thing. the 113th can't
Jan 3, 2013 8:00am PST
old, it's in with the new. the 113th congress. will it prove to be the same old matchup between the white house and capitol hill? the new members of the senate will be sworn in just about an hour or so from now on capitol hill. a bit later on this afternoon. house speaker john boehner could face an historical vote to keep his seat today, just a day after the all-out mutiny on the s.s. boehner. >> there's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims, the house majority and their speaker, john boehner. i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls. >> the dismissive attitude that was shown last night toward new york, new jersey and connecticut typifies, i believe, a strain in the republican party. this should not be the republican party, this should not be the republican leadership. >> under pressure the speaker issued a joint statement with eric cantor, saying getting critical aid to victims of hurricane sandy should be the first priority in the enough congress. and he scheduled two votes on sandy relief bills, th
Jan 2, 2013 3:00am PST
2012? well, we not only have a new year, we have a new congress starting tomorrow, and of course again the new congress has got to be better than the old congress. what a colossal embarrassment. they new over a year and a half ago they had to do something to avoid america going over the fiscal cliff. they knew they had to do something in an balanced way that would include spending cuts and new revenue, and they took to the last minute to do it and we still ended up with a lousy deal that increases the payroll tax for every american and defines middle class americans as anybody making under $400,000 a year. hillary clinton still in the hospital this morning with a blood clot on her brain. so much for those idiotic republicans who accused her of faking her illness. now what i want to know is will allen west and john boldton and other republicans who criticized her get out there and apologize. don't hold your breath. i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. real
Jan 2, 2013 11:00am PST
reassure members it will be his first priority in the new congress that begins tomorrow at noon. part of what has made this so painful and erupted with such surprise is that members of the house thought they would be voting on it before this congress ended and in part because you have seen how it can be difficult to get things done. after the senate worked to make it happen and part of the reaction you are seeing is what some call betrayal. a strong and personal word and that's what they are saying. feeling misled and they thaud they would be able to get this aid to the northeast, but so far it's not going to happen. part of this political distance takes place. $60.4 billion and new spending at a time when the big argument that is happening is about trying to reduce spending and the deficit. it's sort of looking at a ledger versus looking at the real world consequences that are happening in people's lives in the northeast. some officials point out that fema is currently funded. has money to disburse, but this package goes beyond fema and there hurt feelings and a sense of being left in t
Dec 30, 2012 7:30pm PST
francisco. 35 years ago, congress members passed similar resolutions in both house and the senate to formally recognize the first 10 days of may as asian-pacific heritage week. one year later, president jimmy carter signed into law a joint resolution to officially designate the annual celebration. 11 years later, president george bush extended the weeklong celebration to an entire month. you know and i know that our mothers say that every day is asian pacific american day. i want to recognize all of the milestones the api has made in the state of california and in the entire country. the caucus has a record of 42 members in the asian caucus in congress. one of their very first things we want to say is it was a young man who was the first member -- we want to make note of that. the reestablishment of the white house initiative by president obama was another accomplishment. president obama's cabinets has dr. steven chu. the very first asian-american -- as ambassador to the republic of china. we have a lot of accomplishments. it was not that accident, my friends. everyone of you know th
Jan 3, 2013 2:30am PST
has signed into law the legislation passed by congress to raise tax rates for higher earners, extends tax cuts for middle class and extends unemployment benefits for many americans. the president reviewed a copy of the bill while vacationing in hawaii before directing that it be signed by autopen. that is the signature side board that president uses to sign legislation when they're away from washington. so much for the big bipartisan signing ceremony that many envisioned. back in the capitol, there are several major issues that await the president's return including that big impending fight over the debt ceiling. wednesday the president released a new video explaining his budget strategy going forward. >> just recently republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. we now raised those rates permanently. making our tax code more conclusionive. there is a lot to do when it comes to reducing our debt and i'm willing to do more. as long as it doesn't put the burden on seniors or students or middle class families but wealthier a
Jan 3, 2013 3:00pm PST
for tuning in. tonight's lead, the new start in washington. the 113th congress sworn in today is the most diverse in american history. there are more women in both the house and the senate than ever before. and, for the first time ever, white men do not make up the majority of house democrats. in the senate, a strong, progressive voice took the oath of office. senator elizabeth warren now representing massachusetts and what was once ted kennedy's senate seat. in the house, republicans were voting on whether to keep john boehner as speaker. there were a few defections. >> the reading clerk will now call the roll. >> amash? brown broun of georgia? yoho? >> but, in the end, in the end, speaker boehner survived easily. >> the total number of votes cast is 426 of which the honorable john a. boehner of the state of ohio has received 220. >> that's right. the man who drove this country to the brink of default who repeatedly threatened to shut down the government. who can't even control his own party. he's their man-again. it's the same leadership with the same failed agenda. even before the
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am PST
people can't get doo-wa-diddy out of their can't -- >> we are headed to the hill today. new congress. you're going to wear that? >> i'm going to wear this. and put my pin right here. maybe they'll let me on the floor. can't wait. hey, they're getting sworn in today. congratulations to new members of congress. i have faith. i have confidence in confidence alone. you guys are going to have a great 113th session. good luck. and now here's chuck. >>> well, if you're superstitious about the number 13, and have we got a congress for you. 2013 brings us the 113th congress. it's a baker's dozen of sorts. but can this crowd actually get cooking on the debt, spending, immigration, guns, on anything else? here's one guy who is not optimistic. new jersey governor chris christie. he uses the bully pulpit better than anybody to turn up the heat on the house for stalling on more sandy storm relief. and secretary of state hillary clinton is out of the hospital after being treated for a blood clot in her head. we'll have the latest on her condition and what's next as she prepares to leave the obama a
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, we cannot let congress leave washington without taking care of these folks. >> john nichols, as always, thank you so very much, my friend. that's it for the ed show. >>> brother ezra, always good to see you, my friend. >> good to see you too, and happy friday. and thanks to you at home for sticking around for the next hour. rachel's got the night off, but we learned something huge today. we are going over the fiscal cliff. we are going either all the way over or going partly over, but we are definitely, definitely going over. that whole fiscal cliff thing, where congress and the white house can't reach a deal on taxes and spending before the end of the year and they maybe get us into a recession, it's definitely happening. that was the whole point of president obama's press conference this afternoon. >> i still want to get this done. it's the right thing to do for our families, for our businesses, and for our entire economy. but the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. >> allow me a quick update here. that press conference, it came after president obama met with john bo
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. you get the idea. >> arcane, but apt. is there any way that congress moves forward? does anybody wind up looking good in this scenario? >> no. no one looks good in this scenario. not perfect ez. not the extending. not the house, not the senate. not senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. you have people around the country today saying we send you to washington to solve the nation's problems, to do what we sent you to washington to do, which is to govern, and here we are with a countdown clock at the bottom, ten hours, 51 minutes, and 34 seconds to get something done that should have gotten done, could have gotten done months ago. a lot of people are scratching their heads wishing, hoping that, you know, at some point congress will get et cetera act together. we do have a new congress coming back in. we keep talking about the so-called fiscal cliff. there are consequences for inaction if that countdown clock gets to zero and there's no deal and no deal has been reached. >> jonathan, thank you. to your point, it's remarkable to me that what we're debating is exactly what we were de
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compromise. >>> and less dairy for your dollar. without action by congress by new year's day, milk prices could skyrocket. >> if we want to continue to eat, the bill needs to be passed. that's where we get our food, people. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, december 28th, 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm duarte geraldino. this afternoon president obama will meet with congressional leader to try to come to a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. they've been called into a sunday evening session just in case some deal can be reached. boehner is expected to attend the white house meeting but he's made it very clear. the next move is up to the senate. tara mergener has more. >> good morning, duarte. both sides say they are eager to talk and ready to strike a deal. the fiscal cliff is still a few days away, but business owner don carlino says he's already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back, they're apprehensive. they're not committing to projects. they're waiting to see what happens with the fiscal cliff.
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a congress and a president that are going to roll up his sleeves and work together and act as adults, boy, that's no way to start off. that's really discouraging statement. just as an american, forget as a democrat. as an american, that is just is very sad. >> and let's dig in a little bit more to speaker boehner. former speak eer hastert, the mt pass with the majority of the majority role was talking about the fact they had to pass the fiscal cliff deem without a majority of the majority and he said, hastert said maybe you can do it once, maybe you can do it twice but when you start cutting deals where you have to get democrats to pass the legislation, you're not in power anymore. so what are the ramifications for speaker boehner the way the fiscal cliff did pass? >> one of the responsibilities people aren't focusing on, he has to make sure, try to make sure that his party's brand is sufficient that they get re-elected as the majority party in 2014. and had they caused us to go over the fiscal cliff, let's assume they had rejected the senate deal, republicans as a bloc voted
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cheerios >>> good morning. a new start today. brand new congress swearing in at noon. of course there was no love loss for the 112th congress and very little was accomplished. will anything change for the 113th? republicans still have the majority in the house, democrats are in power in the senate. the agenda still has a lot of unfinished business, gun control, immigration, sequester, debt limit, farm bill, hurricane sandy relief, filibuster, violence against women act and all of problems they just didn't solve last time. after the partisan wrangling that characterized the last congress, there might be good news because, well, expectations are low. it was the least productive and with approval ratings as low as 12%, is there anyplace to go but up? let me bring in our guests. good morning. >> good morning. >> happy 113th to both of you. as far as wrable up old busin s as far as wrapping up the old business, the president is gearing up for the next fight, the debt ceiling. let me play what pat toomey said to you about it. >> the president is clear. he doesn't want to have a discus
Jan 2, 2013 4:30am EST
approval for a bill late tuesday night. >> president obama thanked congress and asked that future negotiations not involve much trauma. --drama. >> they finally got it done. congress and the along from all over the fiscal cliff, with house republicans reluctantly passing the senate bill. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession. >> it appears the bill was headed for defeat. house republicans did not want to raise taxes without significant cuts in government spending. >> there are no spending cuts. we are adding $4 billion a day to the debt and we fell ilk -- feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> they decided not to drag out the fight in the longer and risks taking the blame for massive tax hikes for nearly a met -- for nearly every american worker. >> what is the alternative? >> the bill shields those earning less than $400,000 a year from tax increases and extend unemployment benefits. it does not raise the so-called app ceiling. in two months, go
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year's eve when we count down to midnight, we're counting down to the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress does nothing, taxes go up on everyone. mike emmanuel has more. >> reporter: lawmake -- lawmakers return to capitol hill in a last-minute attempt going over the fiscal cliff. congressional leaders are looking to avoid tax hikes on most americans but key disagreements on eptitlesments and tax rate thresh finds remain. president obama's original plan called for increasing taxes on families earning more than $250,000 now $400,000 could be a number on the negotiating table. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be with about right. that represents about the top 1% of income earners in the country and is they got knee% of the growth and there is some flexibility there. >> reporter: the republicans say the u.s. is not facing's revenue problem. >> i feel like i'm a lifeguard and we have to save as many people from drowning and higher taxes as we can. >> reporter: in the weekly address to the nation, president obama urged congress to do something. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted
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information look at their web site at today, the day that the new congress will be sworn in. it is a day of festivity here in washington, d.c. not only the new members of the senate and the house but even the returning members, the veterans who have been here, sworn in again and then they all invite their friends and neighbors and supporters for receptions and dinners and cocktail parties and there will be nothing but parties all day today. i've been invited to several. i'm going actually this afternoon, invited to attend the swearing in receptions for our good friend senator bernie sanders. >> nice. congratulations. >> bill: senator amy klobach. and the congressman who defeated allen west. >> oh, yeah, of all the wins, that was one of my favorites. >> bill: indeed. probably the best of all. we didn't get michele bachmann. we did get allen west. we're talking about the fact that the old congress still here until noon today but one thing they will not do, they've already done all of their business. john boehner says no no, no, come on. there's no urgency with hurricane san
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president made that point today in a video to supporters. >> just recently, republicans in congress said they'd never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. we've now raised those rates permanently. making our tax code more progressive than it's been in decades. >> there are more fights ahead. there is a lot of work to do. a lot of fights still to have. but 2013 is off to a positive start. joining me now, congressman e manual cleaver democrat from missouri and chairman of the congressional black caucus who voted for the deal last night and former pennsylvania governor ed rendell, now an nbc news analyst. let me thank both of you for joining me tonight. >> thank you for having us here. >> mr. chairman, let me start with you. why was this bill the right deal for america at this time? >> there were a lot of good things in this deal. there was a lot of sweeteners for the american public. we were able to overt a large tax increase for a large percent of the american population. 2 million people will be able to get unemployment insurance. for those people who hate government, we
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democrats and republicans in congress. i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans. >>> on wall street, stocks surge in reaction to the short-term deal, but house republicans have only just begun to fight. >> we also need to address the fundamental causes of our debts and deficits, and that's out of control spending. >> i think it's a little unreasonable for senator reid to say that something that they produced on new year's eve, produced by a bunch of sleep-deprived dock gentlem ed e should adopt within 24 hours. >>> the president tries to draw a line in the sign on the debt battles still to come. >> while i will negotiate over many things, i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they have already racked up. >>> plus, hillary watch, just a short time ago, an suv carrying former president bill clinton left from an underground garage at a new york hospital where his wife, hillary, is still being treated for that blood clot in her head. good day, happy new year, i'm andrea mitchell live in washingt
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supplement plan that's right for you. >>> with 58 minutes to spare, congress averted the fiscal cliff, but is this just an intermission with the big brawl still to come? it's wednesday, january 2nd, and this is "now." >>> i'm joy reid filling in for alex wagner. joining me today, michael steele. kurt anderson. ron, assistant managing editor of "time" magazine, and mr. sunday morning himself, editor of "the new york times magazine," hugo lindgren. >>> president obama is back in hawaii today after making permanent the bush tax cuts for 98% of americans. no word if the president will be signing it today with a pen in one hand and muay thai in the other. included in the bill. extension of unemployment benefits for a year and a two-month delay of the automatic spending cuts better known as the sequester. on deficit and debt, the deal is more of a punt, but just averting the cliff has sent the markets soaring with the dow already up over 200 points. while it's no grand bargain, the bill does not tackle spending, by the way, don't miss the significance of this vote. republicans by an overwhelming ma
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over. that whole fiscal cliff thing, where congress and the white house can't reach a deal on taxes and spending before the end of the year and they maybe get us into a recession, it's definitely happening. that was the whole point of president obama's press conference this afternoon. >> i still want to get this done. it's the right thing to do for our families, for our businesses, and for our entire economy. but the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. >> allow me a quick update here. that press conference, it came after president obama met with john boehner and nancy pelosi and harry reid and mitch mcconnell, so all the key congressional leaders. and listen to the president here. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. well, we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a
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little oversight. the executive branch has been given a broad mandate with a compliant congress. >> you worked on the inside. give us an idea of what is happening. >> to my horror, i found out 9/11 was used as an excuse to bridge the fundamental rights and liberties of americans. we would have to give up some of our liberties. i would never imagine it would swing so far over. >> give us an example of something you saw the really concerned you. >> the single biggest thing that continues to manifest itself is that congress is overreaching. it is stunning what i found out. the white house entered into a secret agreement with the national security agency to bypass the foreign intelligence surveillance act. they would use it to bypass -- to turn the united states of america into a foreign nations for the purpose of dragnet and electronic surveillance in secret. violating the constitution. i could not stand by and be an eye witness to the subversion of our own constitution when i knew it was never necessary. the best of american ingenuity and -- ingenuity could protect the fourth amen
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it is more problematic, you have a side of congress that is completely dysfunctional, one side of the congress, the house of representatives, is not functional. and i think we're in the middle of a civil war on the republican side. i mean, when the speaker of the house puts out his bill and just moments later has to pull the bill back because his caucus is in full revolt. that says something, we're in the middle of the civil war, and the american people are going to be the collateral damage on what is on the republican side. until the speaker gets his act together, if he remains speaker, if in fact he has an up or down vote without the majority of the majority. >> and ross, speaking of the public, even if they manage to avoid the worst here. the way this process has played out before us probably won't fill americans with a whole lot of hope for the next two years, will it? >> no, although in a sense, you can argue if they actually did pass something in the next 48 hours which seemed more likely than it did a day ago, if that happens you can argue well, the cliff worked as designed. be
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of the new congress take their oath of office hours from now. and speaker boehner finds out if he keeps his leadership job. >> 66 days and counting. shame on you. shame on congress. >> and political war. new jersey's tough-talking governor explodes at the leaders of his own party. good morning to you. welcome to "early start," thanks for being with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> newtown, connecticut this morning, backpacks are being filled with books, tiny teeth are being brushed, and the students of sandy hook elementary school are preparing to return to class for the first time since a gunman took 20 of their friends and their innocence as well. debra feyerick is near the new sandy hook school. it's in monroe, connecticut. hour is everybody faring there? >> you know, it's a very tough day. you know, people are ready. they're as ready as they'll ever be after a tragedy like this. they want to resume the normal rhythm of their lives. they want to go to class, to work to sports events. they want to get back into the routine. normal
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113th congress sworn in. now the attention turns to john boehner face a tough vote to retain his title of house speaker. we're live on capitol hill with all the latest. lori: a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. yesterday the markets were euphoric, but today not so much. now it is all about tomorrow's critical monthly job numbers. melissa: victims of hurricane sandy still waiting for answers from washington. the congressman who represents the jersey shore will join us on that one. lori: an update on the stock market as we do every 15 minutes, let's check in with nicole petallides. dollar store under a great deal of pressure today, why is that? nicole: they came out with numbers that were disappointing, and with that we have seen the stock down 11, 12% throughout the day. down $7.53. but basically they are not making the margins on the high margin items. instead they're having to sell a lot of consumer bulls and they just don't make as much on those particular items so as result family dollar stars under significant pressure. a nice 10-year chart. it had a nice run-up, but still sell
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>> mason: tonight, superstorm christie. >> shame on you. shame on congress. >> mason: northeast republicans blast their own party from speaker boehner on down for failing to pass a sandy relief package. elaine quijano is covering. over the cliff and back. nancy cordes and wyatt andrews on the new year's night budget deal and how a tax break for racetracks got in it. obesity is a health risk. but researchers now say being a little overweight could reduce your risk of dying. dr. jon lapook with a surprising new report. and she was one of the most popular sickers ever. remembering patti page. ♪ i was dancing with my darling to the tennessee waltz ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley>> mason: good evening, scott's off tonight. the sigh of relief that came when the house passed the fiscal cliff deal was soon drowned out by a roar of anger. governors chris christie of new jersey and andrew cuomo of new york along with senators and house members from those states blasted house speaker john boehner today for putting off a vote on
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